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Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.
I was so excited to review this book, not only because I’m a music geek and love finding new ways to share music with my children, but also because I know one of the authors! I went to college with Melissa, sang with her in our choirs, and know what a wonderfully fabulous person and musician she is. So how could I pass up an opportunity to check out the book she wrote? Read more...
There’s a version of this by Sweet Honey on the Rock that I love, but since it’s about someone who “done got drowned” it’s probably not the most appropriate lullaby, even by my standards. So I changed up the lyrics a bit. If you listen carefully, you might even hear Molly and Matthew cooing in the background.
This is one of those songs that, like many folk songs, is probably completely unsuitable to sing to small children once you really delve into the words. And yet I have sung it to every one of my little ones. I first sang this folk song at Westminster Choir College’s high school vocal camp when I was in eleventh grade. We sang the arrangement by John Rutter, and it was lovely.
The water is wide, I cannot get oer
Neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I Read more...
February 21st, 2011 | Category: Music | Comments are closed
Michael had his spring orchestra concert last week, and they all did a fabulous job! Often homeschoolers are pitted against public schoolers in an “us vs. them” death match as to which is better. I homeschool, but I am so thankful to live in a county that provides a free public education to every child. I’m also thankful that Pennsylvania law mandates that school districts allow homeschoolers to participate in extra-curricular programs. Our school district has a nationally recognized strings program, and Michael’s teacher, Mr. Radspinner, was just recognized for his excellence in teaching as well. It’s amazing what he can do with these kids! Read more...
May 30th, 2009 | Category: Michael, Music | Comments are closed
Ah, the joys of music camp! Every morning this week, the older three went to music camp where they sang, played rhythm instruments, learned the recorder, played chimes, made crafts, studied Bible stories, and learned to play Boomwhackers. On Thursday, they had a picnic lunch and a concert at a local nursing home, and Friday night was the concert for friends and families.
Here’s Katie Grace’s group playing Boomwhackers
and singing. I had a picture of playing chimes, but you couldn’t really see her above the table.
I didn’t get a picture of Michael playing chimes either, but he really did a great job! Here’s Michael’s class singing “Swim Faster Jonah”. Read more...
July 20th, 2008 | Category: Music | Comments are closed
Michael goes to his old elementary school for cello/orchestra, thanks to a nifty little PA law that says the school has to let him participate in extra-curricular activities. Last week he had his very first orchestra concert. There were a lot of things I don’t like about our school district, but the music program is phenomenal. They have 650 kids enrolled in their strings program. That is just amazing.
Here’s Michael with his cello.
And here’s Michael and his buddy Noah, who was in his class at school. Read more...
The Symphony Orchestra had a free family concert featuring The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saenson Saturday! They did this in conjunction with the library, who hosted a series of workshops featuring mask maker and dancer Jamie Peck. DH had to cancel the 30-Hour Famine due to snow, so he was able to stay home with Nicholas and Daniel, and Michael and Katie Grace were hard at work making masks. And, voila, Zazu and Simba! Read more...